birding-aus Yellow white-eyes on the east coast

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From: "Ken Cross" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 08:18:03 +1100
good morning etc,
An interesting siting from Townsville district [I'd better put in that Townsville is in Queensland - north Queensland to be more specific]. Yellow White-eyes were recorded in mangroves near the mouth of Berratta [check spelling] Creek. The creek is between the towns of Ayr and Giru [both in Queensland].
 The species was seen twice- once in a small flock of four  quite near the river mouth and again about six kilometres away up stream again in mangroves.
The field guides all identify this isolated colony on the east coast of Australia but the birds are rarely observed possibly because of comparative difficulty of access. Anyway it might be nice to know that one doesn't need to go all the way to Karumba [also in QLD] to have a chance to see this species if you have access to a boat!
Ken Cross
PS - a Pied Heron was also seen at the same site - a not too common species for this area.
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